After three months of intense and collaborative work, the CETAF-DiSSCo Task Force is ready to present the current outcomes of the dedicated groups of volunteers. The Task Force is composed by over 60 participants that have been gathering every Friday since April 3rd, to share their expertise and knowledge built on top of Natural Science Collections, and address 4 areas: 1) animal virus carriers; 2) construction of a knowledge base relevant for pandemics ; 3) preservation of viral evidence; and 4) metadata registering practices.
We are happy to invite you to this public event that, due to the current circumstances, will be held online. Coming from all over the world, these experts will share the results of their collective activities that jointly aimed to identify how our community could better contribute to prevent pandemic outbreaks by sharing their respective scientific knowledge.
The event will be introduced by Dr Pamela Soltis (curator of Molecular Systematics & Evolutionary Genetics at the Florida Museum of Natural History at the University of Florida. and Director for Research Activities for iDigBio) that will give us the context and challenges of such initiative. This will be followed by presentations by the 4 Activity leaders who will share their work. Following the presentations, you will have the opportunity to engage with the COVID-19 Task Force volunteers and all the rest of participants.
We look forward to welcome you onboard on Friday July 17th at 14:00 pm CEST on zoom.
Stay tuned, follow our social media channels and participate! (for those who cannot attend, the event will be recorded and accessible on CETAF and DiSSCo youtube channels).
Looking forward to welcome you all,
CETAF-DISSCO COVID-19 Task Force